Prešeren Day is a Slovenian cultural holiday on 8 February. In Slovenia, the day was established to mark the anniversary of the death of the Slovenian national poet, who died on 8 February, 1849. The day is a celebration of Slovenian culture and came into being in 1945. It became a bank holiday in 1991. France Prešeren is a romantic Slovenian poet whose poems have been translated into many languages. After his death, Prešeren became the leading name of the Slovenian literary cannon. France Prešeren also wrote the national anthem of Slovenia along with Povodni mož, A Wreath of Sonnets, A Farewelll to my Youth, and O Vrba.
What will you do to celebrate this cultural holiday?
By Princesa, 6M
On Friday, 27 January 2023, the PYP students came to school all dressed up and ready for the opera! They started the cultural day with activities through which they learned how an opera is realised, from the musical work to a performance, getting to know the characters of the story and what the message is, and making posters that convince people to go see the opera. Finally, we took the short journey by bus to Cankarjev dom, where the students showed their concert etiquette while enjoying the children’s opera Squirrel of a Special Kind by the young Slovenian composer Iztok Kocen, based on a story by a the renowned Slovenian author Svetlana Makarovič. Even if we are not good at something, we have to try everything to find the things we are good at. And while doing so, never forget to show kindness to those who might not have the same skills as we do.
On Saturday, 21th January, our mixed school team, Dominant Owls, took part in one of the FIRST LEGO League Tournaments in Slovenia. FIRST LEGO League is the most accessible, guided global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together. The teams compete in four categories: the robot game, the technical interview, the project, and core values. Our team, consisting of national (Nejc Tušek, Sead Kolenović and Miha Aleksander Folkson) and international (Maria Madeleine Svetlana Magnus, Eden Kismet Bahri and Eva Kastelic) department children were successful at demonstrating all four components, on which they have been vigorously working for the past four months. Consequently, they have qualified as one of the four teams for the finals, the State FLL competition, which will take place in March.
Mentors: Lojzka Lušin & Uroš Medar
We arrived in Kranjska Gora around 09.50. We had snack and got our rooms. After a short break we experienced our first taste of Kranjska Gora snow. After skiing we had some games on the snow (building a snow fortress with a snow ball fight – boys against girls). We had lot of fun. Now we are preparing to go hiking to lake Jasna and then, we will finish with our first day.
Today, the fourth group of 6M students visited the Home for the Elderly in Bežigrad as part of their Service as Action. The students made an excellent presentation of their skills by preforming magic tricks for the residents. They were very engaged and especially enjoyed the card tricks. Both the students and the residents had fun and enjoyed each other’s company.
On Wednesday 4th of January 2023, the whole MYP department had a sports day connected with wellbeing. At some lessons the PYP students joined us as well and had a little peep into the world of the MYP department. The students enjoyed four stations that were connected with healthy diet, gymnastics, jumping with jump ropes for a better heart, and mindfulness. In the fifth lesson, the students completed the reflection and set some goals for themselves for the New Year, 2023. We hope all their wishes come true!
The third group of 6M students visited the Home for the Elderly in Bežigrad as part of their Service as Action. The students showed how caring they are by spending a small part of the holiday season with the elderly. They were also excellent communicators when they showed and helped the elderly make various wonderful holiday decorations. Both the students and the elderly had fun and enjoyed each other’s company.
Yesterday, the students took part in different Christmas workshops in which they learnt how to construct different Christmas creations out of scrap material. We also calculated the carbon footprint of different products and researched the Christmas tree purchasing habits in different countries. We all gained an idea of how nice it is to spend time simply by creating with our hands in each other’s company.